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GTX 680, 2GB or 4GB?

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April 4, 2012 5:07:13 AM

I know VRAM has nothing to do with the performance of a game, just how much it can show or 'capture' I understand. My question is, the GTX 680 FTW Edition (4GB) is coming out by EVGA soon, (wait, is it already out!? http://eu.evga.com/articles/00669/#GTX680FTW )

And I needed to know if I am going to need 4GB if I plan on one day (late 2013 probably) having a TRi-monitor set up, and by then I will have SLI GTX 680's. So if I'm only going to have 1 3D 1080p monitor, am I fine? Thanks guys.

EDIT: Ok this is getting ridiculous and turning into a flame war. sorry but I'm ending this post later, and to let you all know, will be grabbing the 4GB edition. Hey guys, any ideas on release + price?

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April 4, 2012 5:11:34 AM

2gb is more than enough,4gb isn't required.even for eyefinity,2gb is enough.aim on higher core clock than more vram.
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April 4, 2012 5:23:32 AM

2608512,1,1132802 said:
I know VRAM has nothing to do with the performance of a game, "

I bet there are people here that would disagree.................
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April 4, 2012 5:28:09 AM

The 680 with 2gb already shows its a winner even compared to the 7970 with 3gb, shows its more than enough in the reviews
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April 4, 2012 6:14:01 AM

2gb is plenty for 1080p gaming and there will be no diff to FPS at this res

HOWEVER if nvidia surround is possible down track i would opt for the 4gb edition

sorry but i dont agree with hellfire as resolutions of 5760*1080 and upwards even more than 2gb of VRAM to ensure ur not bottleknecked by VRAM
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April 4, 2012 6:45:53 AM

@hugo,you remember 6990,it has 2gb of usable vram.it may not be good for single monitor but IMO it's great(most of the dual gpus are)for eyefinity.it scales well on 5760x1080p with it's 2gb vram.so i don't think you need more than that for tri monitor setup.680 SLi will handle it fine.
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April 4, 2012 6:58:31 AM

swifty_morgan said:
2608512,1,1132802 said:
I know VRAM has nothing to do with the performance of a game, "

I bet there are people here that would disagree.................
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Holy *** dude you know what I mean. Once you get to a certain point, there is little to no perfromance increase. I did not mean it litterary, as I assumed you don't have 1MB of VRAM. Gosh man.
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April 4, 2012 7:00:23 AM

hellfire24 said:
@hugo,you remember 6990,it has 2gb of usable vram.it may not be good for single monitor but IMO it's great(most of the dual gpus are)for eyefinity.it scales well on 5760x1080p with it's 2gb vram.so i don't think you need more than that for tri monitor setup.680 SLi will handle it fine.

OK, and not to forget I am going to have 3D on one, and all 3 is eyefinity is possible on 3D monitors come 2013.
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April 4, 2012 7:06:42 AM

No bro, 4GB of GDDR5 with that fast of a video card is way overkill. If anything you should probably consider a lower model card, unless you are rich or just want the best. But by late 2013, who knows! It also depends on how many memory sucking applications you will be running simultaneously. Unless you're running an intense fast paced game with ultra graphics while video editing on another monitor, and maybe watching a movie on your third monitor... then you won't have to worry about it.
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April 4, 2012 7:10:53 AM

i am not a dual gpu fan but i do like them for eyefinity setups.and being a nvidia fanboy,i am partial to ati for multi monitor setups.
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April 4, 2012 7:46:06 AM

if you are on a 3 monitor setup or an Extremely high resolution you may need the extra vram otherwise the 2gb will serve you well
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April 4, 2012 8:22:28 AM

Well Crysis 2 with DX11, high res textures, all settings maxed @ 1920x1080 uses up to 1960mb of my 2gb VRAM with my 680 SLI setup. Most games are only around 1GB VRAM use. I haven't seen 5760x1080 stats, But I do believe it does have the potential to max out the VRAM on a couple games.
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April 4, 2012 8:31:28 AM

never seen any game including crysis 2 use over 1.1 gb vram
bf3 used 1.3 but that was with a 40 Player match other than that you wont use over 2gb on a single screen 1920x1080 or greater
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April 4, 2012 9:19:03 AM

metro 2033 eats up a lot of vram,i heard it uses almost 1.5gb of gtx 580.
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April 4, 2012 9:42:55 AM

the most ive seen is 1.1 gb off a gtx 570
going of " what i have heard" isnt always correct
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April 4, 2012 3:42:14 PM

I game at 2560x1440 and have a 3gb GTX 580 that I am waiting to throw on eBay once the 4gb GTX 680 comes out. When I play Skyrim with a bunch of mods/enhancements at my resolution, it goes over 2gb VRAM. So don't let anyone tell you that 4gb is a waste. If you stick with 1080 gaming it might be overkill RIGHT NOW in 2012. But why wouldn't you want to futureproof?
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April 4, 2012 3:50:08 PM

2gb will limit you with a tri-monitor setup....simple as that. Believe it or not, everyone, games will continue to come out which will require more and more Vram to run.
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April 4, 2012 4:05:27 PM

2GB > 1080p is plenty
4GB > for higher gaming above 1080p
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April 4, 2012 4:15:50 PM

a few months ago my brother did the same mistake of buying MSi lighning xtreme gtx 580 3gb card.it was $600 at newegg.ca.but now,cheaper cards beat it almost every game.and in most of the case,1536mb 580 also performs same.
moral of the story: don't spend more on a card to get more vram(in 95% cases,its usless).aim for higher clocks which definitely boosts performance.2gb is enough even for eyefinity.6990 is a good example.
i hope you got my point.
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April 4, 2012 4:22:33 PM

ttg_Avenged said:
I know VRAM has nothing to do with the performance of a game, just how much it can show or 'capture' I understand. My question is, the GTX 680 FTW Edition (4GB) is coming out by EVGA soon, (wait, is it already out!? http://eu.evga.com/articles/00669/#GTX680FTW )

And I needed to know if I am going to need 4GB if I plan on one day (late 2013 probably) having a TRi-monitor set up, and by then I will have SLI GTX 680's. So if I'm only going to have 1 3D 1080p monitor, am I fine? Thanks guys.


Well its up to ou. Do you want to spend over 1000$ on 2 GPU that might not be able to run the next big game because of Vram issue.

Or you may wait a few weeks and pay a little more to get the 680gtx 4G and having no worries.

P.S. most retard didn't even read your post and assumed your going for a low resolution.
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April 4, 2012 4:37:47 PM

venur said:
Well its up to ou. Do you want to spend over 1000$ on 2 GPU that might not be able to run the next big game because of Vram issue.

i used to say the same thing until i saw 570(1280mb)SLi running every game maxed out.tech changes so rapidly that spending $1k on 2 gpus is not a good idea as they are going to be replaced by cheaper and faster solutions.

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Or you may wait a few weeks and pay a little more to get the 680gtx 4G and having no worries.

can you show some benchmarks where 2gb is "not enough" for 5760x1080p setup.

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P.S. most retard didn't even read your post and assumed your going for a low resolution.


i am sure you are one those who think bigger=better.do some research then come back.no offence meant,just wanted to settle the things.
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April 4, 2012 7:04:28 PM

I am decided forsure I will grab the 4GB, I really want to cover my ass.
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April 4, 2012 8:22:13 PM

hellfire24 said:
i used to say the same thing until i saw 570(1280mb)SLi running every game maxed out.tech changes so rapidly that spending $1k on 2 gpus is not a good idea as they are going to be replaced by cheaper and faster solutions.

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Or you may wait a few weeks and pay a little more to get the 680gtx 4G and having no worries.

can you show some benchmarks where 2gb is "not enough" for 5760x1080p setup.

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P.S. most retard didn't even read your post and assumed your going for a low resolution.


i am sure you are one those who think bigger=better.do some research then come back.no offence meant,just wanted to settle the things.


As retard I wasn't relying to you but to the 2-3 post talking about 1080p when the OP cearly stated a 3 monitor set-up.. BF3 sh have peak of 1.8G of Vram in eyefinity set-up with no AA, so expecting the next big game might break the 2g mark is easely possible.

Also "swolern" provided a link showing near 2G of Vram for crysis 2.

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April 4, 2012 8:44:04 PM

Ok this is getting ridiculous and turning into a flame war. sorry but I'm ending this post later, and to let you all know, will be grabbing the 4GB edition. Hey guys, any ideas on release + price?
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April 4, 2012 9:47:43 PM

^ the only other evga 680 non-reference card available besides the SC is the Hydro Copper and that's $699 and that has only 2gb VRAM . So I would expect the FTW 4gb to be around the same price. So for SLI that would be $400 extra over the reference cards. That's alot. Especially the the Hydro Copper only boost to 1215mhz, and I OC one of my 680s to 1255mhz easily and very stable. So no release date on the FTW yet, I hope they are not too much.
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April 5, 2012 4:14:08 AM

i am not forcing anyone to buy the card of my choice.i just want to say that just like other big cards(6990),a card with 2gb VRAM will not bottleneck the performance.it's the asker's choice and decision.but if some one has any problem then show me the benchmarks with a noticeable difference and we are cool.no offence to any one.
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April 5, 2012 7:30:42 AM

Good point Hellfire @ 6990. I would like to see those benchmarks also.
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April 5, 2012 7:31:54 AM

^lets wait for the response.
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January 9, 2013 2:45:42 AM

Old thread but i found a game that breaks 2gb vram



I know 8xAA is extreme but it still makes the point that it may be necessary to have more than 2gb even with a single monitor
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